Published: Lung-Chang Chien

Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored a research paper, "Bibliometric Analysis of Gaps in Research on Asbestos-related Diseases: Declining Emphasis on Public Health over 26 Years" in BMJ-OPEN. This paper examined the gaps between asbestos-related disease (ARD) research and suggestions of the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization on prevention. The study collected data on all articles published during 1991–2016 and identified a subset of ARD-related articles, and classified articles into three research areas (laboratory, clinical, and public health) to examine their time trends and compare the diversity across different countries. The result shows that ARD-related articles accounted for 1.3 percent of all articles in 1991, but this had declined to 0.8 percent by 2016. The public health area declined faster than the other areas, at −5.7 percent per year. Discrepancies also were observed among the top 11 countries regarding emphasis on public health research, with Finland and Italy having higher, and China and the Netherlands lower, emphases. To sum up, there is declining emphasis on the public health area in the ARD-related literature. Under the ongoing global situation of ARD, primary prevention will remain key for some time, warranting efforts to rectify the current trend in ARD-related research.

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